Amazing Animals

Irish Hares

Irish hares are one my favourite animals. So I was delighted with this young hare visited our garden recently.

Young Irish Hare

Young Irish Hare

The Irish Hare is native to Ireland and is a unique subspecies of a group of hares known as Mountain hares (Lepus timidus).

Like all hares, the Irish hares do not use burrows like their rabbit cousins. Instead they rely on cover of tall vegetation such as rushes, tall grass and heather. Often they will make a form in this tall vegetation. A form is like a nest on the ground, and it provides protection from wind and rain, as well as a place to hide.

Hares are most active early in the morning, or late in the evening and at night. They feed on a wide range of plants, such as grasses, sedges and heather. They will also browse on trees and shrubs like birch and swallow particularly in the winter months.

The young are called leveret. The mother hare will leave the young leverets in thick cover and only visit them once a night to feed them.

 

Hare

A week of so later and already he looks a bit bigger.

 

 


Resources

Books

Guess How Much I Love You – one of my favourite children’s books by Sam McBratney.

There are lots of lovely activities here.

 

Colouring Sheets

Guess How Much I love You

Hare and the Tortoise

 

Craft

No Sew Sock Bunny

 

For more information

Irish Hare

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Giraffes

I recently watched a BBC Wildlife Documentary which has prompted me to do a post on giraffes. Did you know that giraffe populations have declined by over 40 % in the last few decades. This is worrying news for these iconic mammals.

Giraffe

Giraffe at Dublin zoo

Giraffes facts

  • Giraffes are the world’s tallest mammal
  • Recent research suggests that there are actually four distinct giraffe species
  • Giraffes have seven vertebrae in their necks, exactly the same number as humans
  • Giraffes tongues are 45-50cm long
  • Giraffes can run at 60 km/hr
  • They will use their long legs to kick if threaten by predators
  • Individual giraffes can be told apart by the patterns of their markings, which are all different

 

Giraffe

Giraffe, by B, age 6

 

 

Resources

For some fun crafts and guides for helping you draw giraffes check out this link

https://giraffeconservation.org/2016/03/15/giraffe-fun-for-kids/

 

Children’s Books

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae (click here Interactive reading version)

The story of long-legged Gerald the giraffe, who’s legs just don’t do  what he wants them to do when it comes to dancing, until that is, he finds his own special music. Heart warming story perfect for younger reader.